Seafood Safety

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Andy Kane, PhD., Project Director

This project addresses public health concerns about seafood safety in the Gulf of Mexico following the Deepwater Horizon oil spill. The project, led by Dr. Andy Kane, focuses on self-caught inshore-harvested seafood that is important to coastal fishers and their families as part of their regular diet.With support from the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences, this multidisciplinary research involves analytical toxicology, risk assessment, and community partnerships and outreach. Specifically, the research involves:

  • Measuring polyaromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) in edible portions of Gulf coast seafood contributed by local fishers,
  • Discerning how much Gulf seafood is eaten in different Gulf communities, based on data from seafood consumption surveys,
  • Examining geospatial relationships between tracked DWHOS contaminants and other sources of PAHs,
  • Developing risk analyses based on community-specific contamination and consumption data, and
  • Conducting risk communication and community outreach.

Outcomes from this research will address major scientific gaps in current risk assessment methods relative to oil spills and seafood safety, and will provide credible data needed by Gulf community seafood consumers.

This project addresses  public health in coastal Gulf of Mexico communities, focusing on potential chronic exposure from long-term consumption of seafood potentially tainted with low levels of oil spill-related contaminants. Click Here for more Background Information